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NJ hotel to pay $64,000 in Sandy gouging case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 22:29

NJ hotel to pay $64,000 in Sandy gouging caseA hotel in southern New Jersey has agreed to pay $64,000 to settle allegations of price gouging in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.


Sullivan beats tea party in Alaska GOP Senate race

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 22:18

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan receives a hug from a supporter in downtown Anchorage, Alaska on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dinneen)ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan became the latest mainstream Republican to turn back a tea party challenger, winning the Alaska GOP primary to become his party's candidate to take on U.S. Sen. Mark Begich in the fall.


Sharpton to address Mike Brown's St. Louis funeral

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 22:14
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The funeral for 18-year-old Michael Brown is scheduled for Monday at a church in St. Louis.

Father of Texas 'affluenza' teen arrested for impersonating police officer

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 22:01
By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - The father of the Texas teenager who killed four people while driving drunk and claimed his family's wealth was partially to blame has been arrested for impersonating a police officer, legal documents showed. Frederick Anthony Couch was arrested on Tuesday for an incident that occurred on July 28 in the Fort Worth suburb of North Richland Hills. An expert witness for the defense described the boy's condition as "affluenza." The American Psychiatric Association does not recognize "affluenza" as a diagnosis. Couch identified himself as a reserve officer with a police department in another Fort Worth area community.

Aid airlift to northern Iraq has started, U.N. says

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 21:49
A humanitarian airlift to northern Iraq began on Wednesday, kicking off a 10-day operation to provide tents and other aid to half a million displaced people who are struggling for survival, the United Nations' refugee agency UNHCR said. "This is a massive logistics operation ... to help the hundreds of thousands of desperate people who have fled suddenly with nothing but their lives and are now struggling to survive in harsh conditions," said U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres.  Hundreds of thousands have fled their homes since the militant Islamic State group swept through much of the north and west of Iraq in June, threatening to break up the country. Iraq's escalating crisis means that the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq is now hosting more than 600,000 internally displaced civilians, including more than 200,000 people who fled the Sinjar area since early August, the UNHCR said. In all, an estimated 1.2 million people have been uprooted in Iraq so far this year, including half a million in the western Anbar region, it said.

Florida couple accused of child neglect

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 21:46
EUSTIS, Fla. (AP) — A man and woman from central Florida are accused of child neglect after a child was found sleeping in their vehicle while they shopped at a Kohl's department store.

Metropolitan Opera reaches deal with stagehands

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 21:35

FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2014, file photo, pedestrians walk in front of the Metropolitan Opera house at New York's Lincoln Center. New York's Metropolitan Opera has reached tentative labor deals with two of its largest unions while negotiations continue with 10 more unions in hopes of averting a lockout, the federal Mediation and Conciliation Service announced early Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's Metropolitan Opera reached a deal early Wednesday with its stagehands and said it expects to avert a lockout by reaching agreements with the remaining unions.


Wanted man rear-ends Washington police detective

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 21:28
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say a wanted man has been arrested after he rear-ended a Spokane, Washington, detective's car.

Ambulance crashes in East Mt. Airy; 2 injured

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 21:20

Ambulance carrying patient crashes in East Mt. Airy; 6 injuredTwo people are hospitalized after a crash involving an ambulance in East Mount Airy.


Germany says prepared to send weapons to Iraq's Kurds

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 20:52
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany is prepared to send arms to Kurdish security forces in northern Iraq fighting Islamic State militants, Germany's foreign and defence ministers said on Wednesday. Military equipment such as helmets and security vests would be sent immediately, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said, adding that Berlin had agreed also to send weapons. "We can imagine providing further equipment, including weapons. Great Britain, Italy and France have decided to send such goods and we are prepared to do so too," he told reporters. ...

UK PM Cameron returns to London to discuss Islamic State video

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 20:10
British Prime Minister David Cameron will interrupt his holiday and return to London on Wednesday after Islamic State released a video that appeared to show the beheading of a man identified as a U.S. "He will meet with the Foreign Secretary and senior officials from the Home Office, Foreign Office and the agencies to discuss the situation in Iraq and Syria and the threat posed by ISIL terrorists," a statement from Cameron's office read. Britain said earlier it would also be working closely with the United States to identify the man shown in the video holding a knife, who appeared to have a British accent.

Woman wins $4.3M in texting while driving case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 20:07
BUNNELL, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman who was severely injured in a crash caused by her then-boyfriend, who was allegedly texting while driving, has won a $4.3 million lawsuit.

US officials: Video shows American's beheading

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 20:06

 Video shows American's beheadingA grisly video released Tuesday shows Islamic State militants beheading American journalist James Foley, U.S. officials said.


Key events following the death of Michael Brown

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 19:29

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, center, prays during a meeting of clergy and community members held to discuss law enforcement's response to demonstrations over the killing of Michael Brown, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, in Florissant, Mo. Nixon says "operational shifts" are ahead for law enforcement in the St. Louis suburb where a police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A timeline of key events following the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri.


Constellation issues Corona Extra beer voluntary recall

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 18:17

Constellation issues Corona Extra beer voluntary recallConstellation Brands Beer Division announced a voluntary recall of select packages in the United States containing 12-oz. clear glass bottles of its Corona Extra beer that may contain small particles of glass.


Limo driver held-up at gunpoint in Grays Ferry

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 18:09

Limo driver held-up at gunpoint in Grays FerryPolice are searching for the suspect who held-up a limo driver at gunpoint in Philadelphia's Grays Ferry section early Wednesday morning.


Dan Sullivan wins Alaska's GOP US Senate primary

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 17:12

Dan Sullivan, candidate for the Republican candidate for election to the U.S. Senate, waves signs along a busy street on the morning of Alaska's primary election Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in Anchorage, Alaska. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A tea party attempt to overcome a mainstream Republican came up short in Alaska as former state Attorney General Dan Sullivan won the GOP primary to become his party's candidate to take on U.S. Sen. Mark Begich in the fall.


News Guide: Primary election highlights

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 17:02

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan receives a hug from a supporter in downtown Anchorage, Alaska on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dinneen)Highlights from Tuesday's primary elections in Alaska and Wyoming.


Japan trade deficit widens, exports up slightly

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 16:49

A cargo is unloaded from a truck to load onto a freight vessel at the pier of a container terminal in Tokyo, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. Japan's trade deficit rose in July from the month before to a wider than expected 964 billion yen ($9.4 billion), though exports were higher for the first time in three months, the government said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)TOKYO (AP) — Japan's trade deficit rose in July from the month before to a wider than expected 964 billion yen ($9.4 billion), though exports were higher for the first time in three months, the government said Wednesday.


Drop in Russian beer sales hurts Carlsberg

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 16:48
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Beer sales in Russia, Ukraine and other Eastern European countries are down and expected to keep falling as political tensions weigh on the region's economy, brewer Carlsberg said Wednesday.